When selling your real estate in Boulder County, Colorado, it’s critical to wow potential buyers by employing several staging secrets. A recent Fannie Mae survey noted a downturn in buying and selling attitudes. Most people surveyed said it is a good time to sell, but the percentage of people who thought it was a good time to buy fell by 7 points to 23 percent. With attitudes shifting, it behooves sellers to properly stage a home for sale. According to a piece by usatoday.com, low inventory means home sellers still have the upper hand but still need to demonstrate a home is worth the higher prices. By staging, a home owner shows the home in the best possible light. Whether you get rid of clutter, paint or bring in new furniture, you gain a competitive edge. Staging is not about deceiving the buyer. Rather, it helps them to better visualize the space. Some buyers prefer a smaller home because of lower utility costs, but they don’t want to “feel” as though they are living in a cramped space.
Improving the click appeal
When staging a home, consider what it will look like for home buyers walking through the front door as well as those clicking on photographs on their computers. Most buyers fall in love with the real estate listings before they step foot in a home. Using white, light and bright colors makes a home feel cleaner and larger. Professional photographers use special lenses that better portray a home.
Making it move-in ready
People who view your Boulder County real estate for sale do not want to think about all the work involved with moving and redecorating. If you make the home move-in ready, it erases some of the apprehension. Many younger buyers can’t afford to renovate the home they buy. With a turnkey ready home, they aren’t worried about repairs and renovations they can’t afford. Talk to your Boulder County real estate agent about whether to include decor and any of the furnishings in the sale of the home. Some buyers pay more for a furnished or decorated home.
Viewing the home from the buyer’s viewpoint
Whether you hire a professional stager or stage your home on your own, consider the buyer’s perspective. Some tricks professional home stagers use include trading out soft white bulbs for clear for greater brightness, replacing cracked tile, using smaller furniture pieces in cramped rooms and clearing away clutter. With staging, the concept is “less is more.” But you don’t have to spend a lot of money to practice minimalism. Use key furniture pieces that you already own. If you plan to buy new furniture for your step-up home, consider using it for staging but make it clear the furnishings aren’t included in the sale of the home.
When choosing artwork for your Colorado home, opt for modern, colorful pieces as opposed to dull or gray landscapes. Tone down the outdoor decor such as garden flags, chimes and planters that fall over in the wind. Instead, choose a few tasteful hanging flower baskets, a wreath and, welcome mat. To stand out, change out old pebbles with vibrant blue recycled glass for the outdoor landscaping. Many home improvement stores sell the recycled glass for fire pits, but the glass creates a modern look.
At Laura Guerra Real Estate, we specialize in real estate in Boulder as well as Louisville, Lafayette, Longmont, Erie and Niwot. The real estate market is currently on fire with rapid home price appreciation. For more help with staging ideas and buying or selling real estate in Boulder County, Colorado, please contact us.